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back to school

posted: , by Abraham
tags: Exhibits & Displays | Library Collections | Adults | Teens | Kids & Families | Seniors | Portland History

Yes, it’s that time of the year! Here are a few images from a recent exhibit in the Portland Room, displaying books from our collections on the topic of education and schools. We focused on the old-fashioned “3 R’s.”

A primer, a math book, and a slide rule

Reading and writing books

Portland school reports, with an old Portland Public Library card

Monument Square : A moment from 75 years ago…

posted: , by Abraham
tags: Library Collections | Adults | Seniors | Portland History

Before the angular bank building stood at what is now 1 Monument Square, the eastern end of the Square was home to Edwards & Walker hardware store. This was the vantage point for the view below, looking west along Congress Street. The photo was taken in 1935, using a glass-plate 4×5″ camera. Before the invention of cellulose film, glass provided the needed transparent surface for photographic emulsions.

This particular photograph preserves a very brief moment, recorded 75 years ago, but the image continues to inform us!

At the right side of the image, you can see where the Library is today.


iced image for a hot day

posted: , by Abraham
tags: Library Collections | Adults | Seniors | Portland History

To help counteract this hot summer weather, the Portland Room posting this week features a refreshing iced manuscript record. This image was published in the Evening Express on January 21, 1955, and is part of the Library’s Portland Press Herald Still Film Negative Collection.

Portland Harbor, January 21, 1955

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